From hip Dublin, to raw landscapes, wild coastlines, country pubs, lively folk music and dance, Ireland has much to offer.

Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known. Travellers particularly fall in love with the people of Ireland and their unique accent. Hospitality in Ireland is counted among the greatest virtues, dating from the Celtic times when anyone not offering the traveller food or drink was considered shameful, and the country is now legendary for the friendliness of its people. Hospitality finds its institution in the local pub - the centre of social life. Even the smallest towns have numerous pubs and none of them are ever empty. The Irish keep their easy-going attitude to life and they never seem to rush or worry - in Ireland time is the greatest luxury.

When to Go

A&K Europe Travel Experts suggests that the peak months of the tourist season are July and August, so consider visiting in May, June or September if you can. The weather is likely to be at least as good and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers many arts festivals. Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere but darkness falls early, and many sites and attractions are closed, as are a lot of the hotels in holiday areas. You can have magnificent beaches like Rosses Point near Sligo Town all to yourself, but it may be too cold to swim

Featured Ireland Journeys

Group of 2412 days, from AU$10,625
Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends - A Connections Boutique Group Journey

Explore Scotland and the Emerald Isle on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and scenic Western Ireland

Group12 days, from AU$10,625
Private7 days, from AU$6,585
Shannon Princess

​The River Shannon and its lakes represent Ireland at its finest and your cruise aboard Shannon Princess features a landscape of rolling green fields, ancient Celtic landmarks and an abundance of wildlife.

Private7 days, from AU$6,585
Private7 days, from AU$13,835
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Ground Tour of Ireland - Southbound

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities—see the highlights of this beautiful country with a complete journey through Ireland.

Private7 days, from AU$13,835
Private8 days, from AU$13,835
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland - Northbound

Storybook castles, vibrant cities, beautiful national parks… Lose yourself to the never-ending charms of Ireland aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian.

Private8 days, from AU$13,835

Featured Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury touring train, lifting travel in the Emerald Isle to dazzling new heights.

Shannon Princess

​The ten passenger Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.

Ashford Castle

Overlooking Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, on 350 acres of stunning parkland, this award-winning luxury hotel from the Red Carnation collection occupies a 13th century castle.

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